Friday, July 21, 2006

4-H Quilt




One of the local quilters, Sally, finally succumbed to annual requests to donate a quilt to the local 4-H. There is a Junior Fair in our little town every year where the 4-H shows off their farm animals. They have a couple of auctions, regular and silent auction, during the fair. In the past, she has seen apple pies go for as much as $300 in the regular auction. Sally will give one of her quilts to the silent auction to benefit the 4H. She is afraid that her quilt will sell for some ridiculously low price. When she told me about it, I thought it was so generous of her to donate her time and fabric to such a worthwhile cause. So I asked her if I could donate my quilting to the project. I used Paisley Playtime from Lorien Quilting in the body and Chantilly Lace by Norma Sharp in the outer border and corners. I used Superior King Tut DeNile thread top and bobbin. The batting is Soft & Bright by Warm. Sally was very pleased with it.

I'll tell you how much 4-H gets for the quilt after the fair.

Update: The quilt sold for $638 at the auction; all of the proceeds go to the 4H club here in Ramona.

Fruit Cocktail Quilt


I was in Hawaii working a few months ago ad got a chance to visit a fabric store named Kaimuki Dry Goods. I spotted a beautiful quilt on the wall with lots of
batiks. It was a Vicki Stratton pattern. I bought the pattern and some batiks to freshen up my stash. When I got home and started working on it, the 2 inch square (16 in each block) drove me crazy. I used any excuse to set it aside.



It picked up a rust stain from the iron. I tried dabbing it with water. NO good. Well, I finally finished it. I gave it a couple of squirts of Oxiclean stain remover spray and threw it in the washer with some Dreft. The stain is gone.

I need some practice with SID so I SID the batik blocks. I used a pink and purple batik on the back. It is very bright. Here is a picture of the back.



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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Jody's Lasagna quilt



Jody made a beautiful lasagna quilt using the April Cornell collection from Moda. She bought Dave Hudson's Sunflower (2003) pattern. The pattern even has arrows on it indicating the direction of the pattern. That's pretty cool. I used Superior Highlights High sheen trilobal Polyester in Beige on the front and superbobs in natural white in the bobbin. It was my first time using highlights. Once I got my tension figured out it was smooth sailing. Jody was pleased with the quilt.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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This is called Fruit Cocktail

This is called Fruit Cocktail
It is all batiks